We all know the famous song by Woody Guthrie, “This Land Is Your Land”…..maybe some do not know who sang it but are familiar with the song….right?
There is a lawsuit trying to get the song into the region of ‘Public Domain”….
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, “This Land is Your Land” may yet be for you and me.
A federal judge in Manhattan has refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that Woody Guthrie’s classic 1940 folk song “This Land is Your Land” belongs to the public.
U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts said members of Satorii, a New York band that recorded two versions of “This Land,” could pursue federal copyright claims against two publishers that control rights to the song.
Batts also dismissed several state law claims.
Paul LiCalsi, a lawyer for the defendants Ludlow Music and The Richmond Organization, declined to comment on Thursday.
The June 2016 lawsuit is among a series of cases by the lawyer Mark Rifkin and his firm, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, to move classic American songs into the public domain.
In case my reader is not fully acquainted with the song I have given several renditions by various artist…..
The song was used to give a tribute to Bernie Sanders……
Finally a JiJab video for the election in 2004…….GW Bush and John Kerry…….